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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Oct 5, 2009 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What makes '74 unique?

By '74, they had played all of the tunes currently in the repertoire for quite some time with the same lineup. Members of the band are quoted as saying that by the end of '74, their jams were great but very abstract and that the audience couldn't connect with them anymore.

'73 had the prototype Wall Of Sound, and by '74 they had upgraded it to the full size version. The change in how they are hearing themselves is in itself an important factor in the way the music sounds. This in combination with the familiarity with the songs and the band chemistry in general, resulted in a culmination of creative powers producing a very unique sound at the end of a glorious era.

At first '73 and '74 sound more alike than different, but once you are used to the recordings fielded from the Wall of Sound, the summer of '73 and '74 will sounds quite different. Just do a side-by-side and you will see.